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20Nov, '19

Southbridge Care Homes Announces Two Management Appointments

November 20th, 2019|News|

Southbridge announced two Management appointments today to support the tremendous growth the company has experienced over the past number of years and to provide a foundation for the continued expansion of the business.

Richard Franzke will be assuming the role of Vice President, Business Development and Communications. Richard brings over 25 years of business development and marketing experience to the role and holds an MBA in Marketing from York University. During his time at Southbridge, Richard has held a number of progressive positions in Business Development, Government Relations, Communications and Operations. Most recently Richard held the position of Vice President, Retirement. In his new role, Richard will be responsible for the marketing and communications activities at Southbridge including government, sector and local area communications and will support business development including strategic acquisitions and the redevelopment program at Southbridge.

To support the management of the retirement homes, Judy Plummer has joined Southbridge Care Homes as Vice President, Retirement. Judy brings to the role over 20 years of progressive management experience in Retirement Management and Administration. Most recently Judy held the role of Regional Director working with LTC Homes and Retirement Homes where she mentored and assisted high risk homes. Judy will be responsible for the growth and operational success of the 10 retirement and independent living homes managed by Southbridge Care Homes.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
[email protected]
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

17Oct, '19

Southbridge Lakehead residents dancing to Canada’s National Ballet

October 17th, 2019|News|

October 17, 2019 – Southbridge Lakehead residents dancing to Canada’s National Ballet
A unique partnership between Southbridge Lakehead in Thunder Bay and Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) has residents dancing to the beat.
Developed by NBS, Sharing Dance Seniors is a weekly, 45-minute dance class taught entirely from a seated position. The class incorporates a variety of musical and dance styles and is taught from NBS in Toronto, delivered live via video streaming. Southbridge Lakehead residents participating in the class exercise, socialize and have fun. The accessible dance program was developed to engage older adults in meaningful dance activity that benefits physical, cognitive and overall health.

“Participating in Sharing Dace Seniors truly changed my life,” said Ruthie, a Sharing Dance Seniors participant. “It helped me physically do things I haven’t [been able] to do for more than 50 years.”
An instructor from NBS teaches the class, aiming to support overall physical, emotional and social wellbeing through dance encouragement. Through the eight-week program, Southbridge Lakehead residents build and develop skill and confidence in dance movement.
“The participants absolutely love it,” said Natalie, an onsite instructor. “[They] can’t wait for next week – the infectious smiles and joy on the participants’ faces were wonderful.”

Southbridge Lakehead is a 131-resident long-term care home located near Lake Superior in Thunder Bay.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
[email protected]
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

23Sep, '19

Minister of Long-Term Care Announces 91 new beds for Owen Sound

September 23rd, 2019|News|

OWEN SOUND (Sept. 23, 2019) — Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined today by Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy and MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, at Maple View Long-Term Care Residence to reconfirm the award of 91 new long-term care beds for Southbridge in Owen Sound.
The 91 beds will be combined with 69 existing beds as part of the new 160-bed Southbridge project in Owen Sound.
“Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers across Ontario,” said Fullerton. “We want to ensure that Ontarians get the care they need when they need it and investing in more long-term care spaces across the province is a key part of our plan.”
“We are pleased to be able to not only maintain long-term care in Owen Sound, but through the support of MPP Bill Walker and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, expand our capacity by an additional 91 beds,” said Southbridge Managing Director Keith McIntosh. “These 160 total beds will continue our commitment to providing consistent, high-quality health care for Owen Sound seniors both now and into the future.”
Operated by Southbridge Care Homes, Maple View Long-Term Care Home works closely with the South West Local Health Integration Network, which helps fund and coordinate services for residents in the region.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
[email protected]
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

25May, '19

Hope Street Terrace, Regency Long-Term Care raise more than $3,500 for Alzheimer’s Society

May 25th, 2019|News|

PORT HOPE, ON – May 25, 2019 –
Hope Street Terrace and Regency Long-Term Care have combined efforts to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. The residents and staff of Southbridge Long-Term Care Homes Hope Street Terrace and Regency Long-Term Care held an IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s on May 25 in Port Hope. In addition, they held a Community BBQ featuring food, games and a charity auction. The combined efforts of the homes were successful raising a combined $3,694 for the Peterborough Alzheimer’s Society. Earlier this month, Southbridge homes raised more than $3,300 for the Grey-Bruce Alzheimer’s Society. Staff and residents from both homes held their own Alzheimer’s Walk, a fun, family-friendly event open to anyone who wants to make life better for those living with dementia. Taking place this spring in over 300 communities from coast to coast, it is the country’s largest fundraiser benefiting individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

“We at Southbridge feel that there has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Southbridge Managing Director Keith McIntosh. “One in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s disease and women in their sixties are twice as likely to get dementia or Alzheimer’s as they are to get breast cancer.

“We will continue to do our part by supporting organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Society of Peterborough to provide the support they need for the residents and families of this region through our homes in Port Hope.” Hope Street Terrace is a 97-bed long-term care home located in the Town of Port Hope, on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is a fully accredited home with a resident focused quality program ensuring the highest level of care for each resident.

Regency Long-Term Care Home is a 60-bed long-term care and retirement home. It is a fully accredited home with a person-centred quality program ensuring the highest level of care for every resident.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
[email protected]
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

15May, '19

Southbridge Care Homes raises more than $3,000 for local Alzheimer’s Society

May 15th, 2019|News|

OWEN SOUND, ON – May 15, 2019 –
Local care homes have combined efforts to raise awareness and funds for the local Alzheimer’s Society. The residents and staff of Southbridge Long-Term Care homes Georgian Heights, Maple View and Errinrung participated in the annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s on May 11 in Owen Sound and Thornbury. In addition, the home in Thornbury held a community fundraising BBQ featuring music, food, games and a charity auction. The combined efforts of the homes were successful raising a combined $3,335 for the Grey-Bruce Alzheimer’s Society. Southbridge Managing Director Keith McIntosh presented a cheque to the Alzheimer’s Society of Grey-Bruce Executive Director, Stephen Musehl, at the Society’s office on May 21. “We at Southbridge feel that there has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. One in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s disease and women in their sixties are twice as likely to get dementia or Alzheimer’s as they are to get breast cancer,” said McIntosh. “We will continue to do our part by supporting organizations such as the Alzheimer’s
Society of Grey-Bruce to provide the support they need for the residents and families of this
region through our 5 homes spread throughout the Grey Bruce Region.”

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
[email protected]
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

13Nov, '18

Return to independence – Seaforth Manor helps resident return home

November 13th, 2018|News|

When Jim was transferred from Seaforth Long-Term Care Home in May 2018 from hospital, his life expectancy was considered ‘limited.’

At Southbridge Care Homes, our philosophy is to provide the care and support necessary to not only sustain a person’s life but to work with that individual to maximize their potential for living life to the fullest. Seaforth Long-Term Care Home is managed by Southbridge Care Homes.

When Jim first arrived at Seaforth, he was unable to walk and needed staff to assist him with all transfers. But Jim was determined to not only improve his ability to walk, but to transfer back home.

With that goal in mind, Jim was assessed by physiotherapy and within a week of admission, he started physiotherapy sessions to walk again. Jim started attending exercise classes with a physiotherapist and used a device called a Nuerogymtech sit-to-stand trainer (available in the home) to strengthen his legs.

Within a month, Jim started nursing rehab, where he was learning to walk using a high walker. At first, Jim required one staff to assist him and another staff to follow him on his walks with a power wheelchair, in case he needed a rest. But after three weeks, he was walking well with only one staff supervising and walking beside him.

Staff reached out to an adaptive aids provider to bring in a walker with an attachment that would make Jim’s walker higher. With an adaptive walker, Jim quickly graduated to walking independently.

After only two months in rehab and physiotherapy, Jim demonstrates daily his ability to be independent with all transfers and walks independently. In just over 14 weeks, Jim’s was walking and transferring independently.

Jim now uses his walker to go to meals instead of sitting in his power wheelchair. He transfers himself independently into a dining room chair for all meals and walks around Seaforth Long-Term Care home independently.

And Jim’s progress is getting him closer to this goal – returning to his home of many years. He has been discharged from nursing rehab just 31/2 months from his admission date and is waiting for an assessment to see what other accomplishments he needs to fulfill to be able to go back home.

Jim should be home by the end of November.

Jim’s story is an example of the possibilities that can be achieved with a positive attitude, hard work and a committed resident with staff members’ assistance.

Southbridge Care Homes

Creating Caring Environments for seniors is a remarkable responsibility that Southbridge Care Homes takes seriously. Managing more than 30 long-term care homes, retirement and independent living communities across Ontario, we strive to ensure our residents feel connected, supported, loved and cared for.

Contact Information

Patrick Moore
Director of Communications, Stakeholder & Government Relations
766 Hespeler Road, Suite 201
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8
P: (519) 621-8886, x. 201
M: (647) 539-3953
F: (519) 621-8144
[email protected]
www.southbridgecarehomes.com

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